This week on The Entertainment Engine we welcome Canadian pianist and composer Martin Mayer, who is described as "Canada's Prince of Piano" – by Beijing Times, China's leading English-language newspaper.
Born in the Czech Republic, and now based in Vancouver, Canada, his music has been defined as instrumental fusion – a combination of smooth jazz, classical, pop, and rock. Mayer's European roots add a good share of thoughtful and longing soul, his North American education contributes a healthy dose of high-octane energy. An explosive mix.
Martin Mayer’s recordings include Destinations (1998), Live In Concert (2000, nominated for "Outstanding Instrumental Album" at the Prairie Music Awards), This is Who I Am (2003, Nominated for "Outstanding Instrumental Album" at the WCMA Awards), the 2009 single The Orphan Boy, a year-long fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, Alone (2010), Unbreakable (2018) and the holiday single Carol of the Bells (2020).
The classically-trained pianist spearheaded the launch of his instrumental fusion career in true music industry fashion. He risked a $35,000 bank loan to mount and produce his dream debut concert – complete with a 20-piece orchestra, film, and live recording crew. That risk paid off when the Live in Concert album garnered him his first music award nomination and opened the doors to his premiere international tour.
A Chinese Arts Agency took Martin Mayer on a 16-city six-week-long concert tour in mainland China in 2001. It would become the biggest tour of any artist in China's modern history, and all of his tour dates since then would be sold out. He entertained thousands in concert and millions on Chinese TV. To find out more about Martin Mayer's career, click on the link below;
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